Myanmar military coup : Protesters threaten to 20 years of imprisonment
Myanmar’s military has warned the protesters could face up to 20 years in prison if it disrupts military operations or participates in anti-coup movements.
Those who incite hatred or contempt for military coup leaders will face long-term imprisonment and fines.
The statement was released on Monday (February 15th) in a statement posted on Myanmar’s military website.
The army announced the legal change soon after police patrol vehicles came out in several cities in Myanmar.
Recently thousands of people have taken part in the anti-military coup movement. The protesters demanded the release of their elected leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, and the return of democracy to the country.
Meanwhile, Myanmar’s military government has made several changes to the law to quell the protests. The new law provides for long-term imprisonment or fines for those who spread hatred against the military, either in writing or orally, through work or in person. A statement from Myanmar’s military website said those who obstructed law enforcement could face up to 20 years in prison. In addition, those who create fear and chaos in people can face up to three to seven years in prison.
On Monday, Suu Kyi’s lawyer, Khin Mong J, said she could be detained for two more days. He could join a court virtually in the capital’s Napido on Wednesday.
Suu Kyi was arrested along with government officials on February 1, but was due to be released on February 15. His security guards allegedly used walkie-talkies illegally.
Suu Kyi’s party won a landslide victory last November. But the military has accused the rigging of vote without any evidence.